London Album Discography, Part 6
By David Edwards, Patrice Eyries, Mike Callahan, Randy Watts and Tim Neely
Last update: July 15, 2012

The London NP/NPS series was a special series established for Rolling Stones albums. The "NP" catalog prefix probably stood for "Nanker Phelge," a pseudonym used by Jagger and Richards for their songwriting. Five albums were released in this series before the group formed their own label, Rolling Stones Records, in 1970.

The period of late 1969 and 1970 was interesting inasmuch as bootleg vinyl albums started appearing on the market. The first two of these were Bob Dylan bootlegs under the title "Great White Wonder," followed by a Beatles bootleg with terrible sound quality called Kum Back. But the fourth was an excellent quality recording of the Rolling Stones at their Oakland concert in November, 1969, titled Live'r Than You'll Ever Be, released in December, 1969. The Stones bootleg was selling well until London came up with the ultimate kill shot: they released Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, an outstanding stereo live recording from the same tour (recorded at Madison Square Garden) with many of the same songs.

But by the time Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! hit the charts, the bootleg had already claimed unofficial gold record status through widespread sales across many bootleg labels. The fact that Live'r Than You'll Ever Be has two songs ("Gimme Shelter," "I'm Free") not on Ya-Ya's — and that it's missing the overdubs used for Ya-Ya's — makes the bootleg of continued collectors' interest. Subsequent bootleg recordings have rarely reached the interest of Live'r Than You'll Ever Be, partly due to poor sound quality and partly due to legal crackdowns. But part of the reluctance is due to London's reaction to the Stones' bootleg: many just figured they'd wait for an official release with better sound quality.

The mono releases (far left) had the usual red mono London label, while the stereo versions (near left) had the blue stereo London label.

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Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

NP/NPS Rolling Stones Special Series:

NP/NPS 1 - Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) - Rolling Stones [3/28/66] (4-66, #3) (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (E)/The Last Time (E)/As Tears Go By (E)/Time Is On My Side (E)/It's All Over Now (E)/Tell Me (E)//19th Nervous Breakdown (E)/Heart Of Stone (E)/Get Off Of My Cloud (E)/Not Fade Away (E)/Good Times, Bad Times (E)/Play With Fire (E)

NP/NPS 2 - Their Satanic Majesties Request - Rolling Stones [12/8/67] (12-67, #2) Original cover (at left) has a plastic glue-on over the photo to give a 3-D effect. Reissues (at right) omitted the 3-D glue-on and just went with the photo. Sing This All Together (S)/Citadel (S)/In Another Land (S)/2,000 Man (S)/Sing This All Together (See What Happens) (S)//She's A Rainbow (S)/The Lantern (S)/Gomper (S)/2,000 Light Years From Home (S)/On With The Show (S)

Note: After this point, releases were stereo only.

NPS 3 - Through The Past, Darkly: Big Hits, Vol. 2 - Rolling Stones [9/12/69] (9-69, #2) Original cover was a die-cut octogon shape, as at left. Reissues have complete cover, as at right. Paint It Black (S)/Ruby Tuesday (S)/She's A Rainbow (S)/Jumpin' Jack Flash (S)/Mother's Little Helper (E)/Let's Spend The Night Together (S)//Honky Tonk Women (S)/Dandelion (S)/2,000 Light Years From Home (S)/Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? (E)/Street Fighting Man (S)

NPS 4 - Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones [12/5/69] (12-69, #3) Gimmie Shelter (S)/Love In Vain (S)/Country Honk (S)/Live With Me (S)/Let It Bleed (S)//Midnight Rambler (S)/You Got The Silver (S)/Monkey Man (S)/You Can't Always Get What You Want (S)

NPS 5 - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!: The Rolling Stones in Concert - Rolling Stones [9/4/70] (10-70, #6) All tracks live. Jumpin' Jack Flash (S)/Carol (S)/Stray Cat Blues (S)/Love In Vain (S)/Midnight Rambler (S)//Sympathy For The Devil (S)/Live With Me (S)/Little Queenie (S)/Honky Tonk Women (S)/Street Fighting Man (S)


Acorn 1 - Live'r Than You'll Ever Be - Rolling Stones [12/69] Audience recording of the November 9, 1969, concert at Oakland Coliseum. Label is blue with silver print; label title is Live: In Again Out Again. The sides are unbanded. Notwithstanding that the review of this record in Rolling Stone magagine at the time claimed it was stereo, it is stereo only in the most pedantic technical sense. There is no separation among instruments or voices. The only separation, and that is slight, is in the audience applause between songs. The stereo on Get Yer Ya- Ya's Out! blows this away with no argument. Carol/Gimme Shelter/Sympathy For The Devil/I'm Free/Live With Me//Love In Vain/Midnight Rambler/Little Queenie/Honky Tonk Women/Street Fighting Man

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